South & West Latin America is the source of a significant proportion of the world's grain and soybeans.
We have operated in the region for over 100 years, growing our presence to 10 platforms across 9 countries.
Our main offices are in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Montevideo, Asunción, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Puebla, Bogota, Circunvalacion, and Santa Cruz.
We employ more than 1700 people in the region.
Together with Brazil, the South & West Latin American region constitutes one of the world’s largest agricultural frontiers.
The Region produces a substantial portion of the grain and oilseeds we merchandized in international markets thanks to the efficiency of the soybean processing facilities and their proximity to production and logistic facilities.
The Region also operates coffee processing facilities, and metals warehousing and export activities.
Louis Dreyfus Company has been present in South & West Latin America since the end of the nineteenth century, when it started conducting business out of Argentina. Since then we have increased our presence substantially with a number of significant investments in the Region.
We own 5 oilseed crushing plants, 3 in Argentina and 2 in Paraguay. We also have 8 coffee plants, 2 port facilities, 4 barge convoys, 15 warehouses (5 in Argentina, 4 in Paraguay, 4 in Uruguay, 1 in Peru and 1 in Mexico) and 2 country elevators in Uruguay.
Significant benefits will arise in the future from our recently constructed Bahia Blanca port facility in Argentina. We are also extending our presence across the soybean value chain, with work commencing on a new lecithin plant in General Lagos, Argentina. We also completed our new warehouse in El Callao, Peru to underpin our growing metals business in the country.
Since entering the rice business in Argentina in 2009 we have continued to diversify our activities there. We’ve since carved a strong position in the fertilizers and seeds markets. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for farmers.
Further diversification and growth will come in this region by strengthening our presence in Rice, Dairy and Cotton and building on the potential held by our Metals businesses in Peru and Chile.
Louis Dreyfus Company in Argentina is certified for sustainable soybean production
Since 2011, our General Lagos plant in Argentina has been certified for sustainable soybean production. Certification has enabled an increasing supply of biodiesel to customers who put sustainability at the center of their purchasing decisions. Initially certified under the French scheme, 2BSvs, the plant is now working towards certification under the CARBIO Sustainability Certification Scheme (CSCS). This is a scheme developed in Argentina to ensure compliance with European Union and US standards for sustainable soybean biodiesel production. CSCS covers all of the soybean biodiesel production chain, from soybean production to biodiesel factories and transportation. While certification has opened up new opportunities with customers, it has also helped the plant deliver in five other areas: agricultural good practice, environmental responsibility, community relationships, legal compliance and good business practice.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.